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10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Amanda Gunn
24th Nov 2021


It’s the pointy end of the year, and there’s plenty happening around Melbourne’s social circuit this weekend. Take it slow with a spot of painting in Heide’s new healing garden or tuck right in into Melbourne Whisky week.

Here are 10 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

Melbourne Whisky Week

If you’re a whisky enthusiast Melbourne Whisky Week has kicked off its inaugural festival, and it’s not to be missed. Perfect for whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or novice. Attend a whisk(e)y’s of the world taste testing at the Seamstress Restaurant and Bar if you’re in the mood to expand your palette and learn the difference between “neat” and “on the rocks”. Or the whisk(e)y x cocktails masterclass at the Douglas Club if you’re looking to up your bartending skills to impress your next houseguests. For the full rundown of liquored up events, check out the MFF website to see what’s on.


When: Friday 19 November until Sunday 5 December
Where: Various locations
For more information, click here.

Comedyish Spring Break

Consider it officially spring break this weekend at the Comedy Republic. If you’re in need of a laugh after a week back at the office get tickets to Comedyish Spring Break featuring performances from Aussie favourite, Nazeem Hussain, The Project panelist Tommy Little, Cal Wilson, Hot Department and new material from many more. 


When: Saturday 27 November until Sunday 28 November
Where: Comedy Republic, 231 Bourke Street, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

SWIM At The Toff

Head over to The Toff in Town for an event filled with 90’s rave nostalgia. Ready yourself for a night of music and visual exploration as the Melbourne-based producer and artist Someone Who Isn’t Me (SWIM) shows off his latest work. SWIM has gained a reputation for creating a three-dimensional atmosphere so be sure to pick up a ticket if you don’t want to miss out on a sensory overloaded performance.


When: Friday 26 November and Saturday 27 November
Where: The Toff in Town, 2/252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Pinot And Picasso

Discover your inner artist by indulging in the perfect paint and sip experience as hosts teach you step-by-step how to create your very own masterpiece. Choose from different themed sessions ranging from Cocktail Time Friday to Lake Takepo Sunday. Go alone or with mates, but don’t forget to BYO snacks and drinks.


When: Now until Monday 31 January
Where: 2 Guests Lane, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

The Summer Garden

Summer’s come early to Melbourne with the arrival of the South Wharf Summer Garden. Sip on cold beers by Coopers and gin and tonics by Malfy and Fever-Tree while enjoying the CBD views just by the Yarra. The Summer Garden is the ideal spot to relax and unwind bringing that breezy beach feel to the busy city.


When: Now until Thursday 31 March
Where: Common Man, 39 Dukes Walk, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

The Melbourne Film Festival is back and bringing you a range of blockbusters featuring LGBTQI+ content that seeks to entertain, educate and celebrate diversity. If you're not sure which flick to pick, Centerpiece is selling out fast and Fanny is the hit debuting on closing night. For the full catalogue of films across Melbourne cinemas, head to the MQFF website to check out what's on. 


When: Thursday 18 November until Monday 29 November
Where: Various Locations
For more information, click here.

Ability Fest

Melbourne’s most inclusive festival has returned, Ability Fest is back and with a complete line-up of Aussie artists. Ability Fest is the country’s first and only inclusive festival and was conceptualised by three-time Paralympic gold medalist Dylan Alcott. The music festival will be complete with local food trucks and creative vendors. To purchase a ticket where funds will be donated to Alcott’s Foundation, check out the Ability Fest website.


When: 12pm until 11pm, Saturday 27 November
Where: Alexandra Gardens, 3 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Finding A Fredrick Mccubbin Artwork

In another Conversation Secrets and Surprises hosted by the NGV, this weekend the gallery is sharing how they found a Fredrich Mccubbin artwork long thought lost. The online program reveals how over a Melbourne lockdown a painting by the Australian Impressionist that was missing for over a century came to be found. 


When: 11am, Saturday 27 November
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

Flow Festival 

Flow Festival came in damn hot back in 2019, bringing the best local talent to the glorious Footscray Community Arts Centre. And after a short hiatus, it’s back. This year’s line-up includes plenty of hip-hop, r&b and everything in between, with the likes of Brown Sugar Princess and Fly Boy Jack having at it on the stage.


When: Saturday 27 November
Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, Footscray

For tickets and more information, click here.

Heide Studio: Botanical Drawing And Painting

There’s nothing quite as pleasant as a trip out to Heide, and now they’ve upped the ante with their botanical drawing and painting sessions. Held over a sublime three hours in the newly opened healing garden, this tutored art class will see you observing and painting the foliage around you. The best part? All skill levels are absolutely welcome.


When: Saturday 27 November, 1pm to 4pm
When: Heide MoMA, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen
For tickets and more information, click

Check out everything else happening in Melbourne here.

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